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The Chronicle Books Summer Reading List: Pop Culture

Catch up with all that is trendy at the moment with these recommendations from Chronicle Books. From cycling to surfing and even Star Wars, these are five must-read gems for any culturephile. 

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The Enlightened Cyclist
By BikeSnobNYC.
The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations—careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few.
$16.95

The Boy Who Loved Batman
By Michael E. Uslan.
In this fully illustrated memoir, author Michael Uslan recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart.
$29.95

Forever Paris
By Christina Henry de Tessan.
Take a stroll through Édith Piaf’s Belleville, dine at Napoléon’s favorite restaurant, and explore the late-night haunts of Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and Pablo Picasso. From the author of the best-selling City Walks: Paris deck, this lively collection of walking adventures follows in the footsteps of more than 25 of the city’s iconic former residents.
$14.95

Ghost Wave
By Chris Dixon.
Rising from the depths of the North Pacific lies a fabled island, now submerged just 15 feet below the surface of the ocean. Rumors and warnings about Cortes Bank abound, but among big wave surfers, this legendary rock is famous for one simple (and massive) reason: this is the home of the biggest rideable wave on the face of the earth. In this dramatic work of narrative non-fiction, journalist Chris Dixon unlocks the secrets of Cortes Bank and pulls readers into the harrowing world of big wave surfing and high seas adventure.
$24.95

Darth Vader™ and Son
By Jeffrey Brown
What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.
$14.95